I.P.O. ANNUAL REPORT 1981

Vienna,  December 1981

INTERNATIONAL Symposion on Muslim-Christian Dialogue

From 17 to 19 November 1981 the I.P.O. organized in Rome (Italy) an International Symposion on "The Concept of Monotheism in Islam and Christianity." The meeting was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan. H. E. Emilio Colombo, Foreign Minister of Italy, His Eminence Cardinal Franz König, Archbishop of Vienna, H. E. Chadli Klibi, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and H.E. Habib Shatty, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, joined the honorary committee of the conference. Opening addresses were given by H.E. Marouf Dawalibi, President of the World Muslim Congress and former Prime Minister of Syria; H.E. Hilarion Capucci, Archbishop of Jerusalem; and Prof. Mohamed A. Sinaceur, Representative of the Director-General of UNESCO. Research papers were presented by experts from Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. The Secretary of State of the Vatican, His Eminence Agostino Cardinal Casaroli, sent a special message to the President of the I.P.O., expressing his hope "that this endeavour will truly promote a better understanding and appreciation of the values and beliefs of both the Islamic and the Christian faiths."

The proceedings will be published by the International Progress Organization.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

  • The Legal Aspects of the Palestine Problem with Special Regard to the Question of Jerusalem. Studies in International Relations, Vol. IV. Vienna: Braumüller, 1981, ISBN 3-7003-0278-9.

  • The Principles of International Law and Human Rights: The Compatibility of Two Normative Systems. Studies in International Relations, Vol. V.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The 4th Regular General Assembly has taken place in Vienna on 30 October 1981. The Assembly amended the Statutes of the I.P.O. and extended the term of office of members of the Executive Board to 4 years.

PARTICIPATION IN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

  • International Conference "Youth for Peace in the Arab Gulf" in Madrid, Spain, 25 April 1981.

  • International Seminar on Non-alignment, organized by the International Institute for Politics and Economics, Petrovaradin, Yugoslavia, 28-31 August 1981.

  • International Conference on the Israeli Air Raid and Legal Implications, organized by the Union of Arab Lawyers in Baghdad, Iraq, 27-29 November 1981.

  • International Conference on Jerusalem in Rome, Italy, 16-17 December 1981.

PREPARATORY MEETINGS FOR THE CONFERENCE ON NON-ALIGNMENT

The Preparatory Committee for the International Conference on the Principles of Non-alignment met on 26 June 1981 in Vienna, Austria, and on 18 September 1981 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

MEETINGS AND INFORMATION VISITS OF THE PRESIDENT

  • 5-7 February: Paris, France, UNESCO headquarters / Meetings with the Director of the Division of Philosophy, Mr. M. A. Sinaceur, and heads of permanent missions.

  • 9 February: Geneva, Switzerland / Meetings with Prof. A.-R. Werner (Permanent Representative of the I.P.O.) and Dr. John Taylor (World Council of Churches).

  • 13 February: Vienna, Austria / Meeting with His Eminence Cardinal Franz König.

  • 26 February - 1 March: Baghdad, Iraq / Meetings with Mr. Shibib Al-Maliki, Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Jurists, and Dr. Elias Farah, Director of the Academy of the Arab Ba'th Socialist Party.

  • 3 - 6 March: Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia / Meetings with H.E. Sheikh Harakane, President of the World Muslim Congress, and H.E. Habib Shatty, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

  • 7 - 8 March: Amman, Jordan / Meetings with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hassan and Mr. Rouhi El-Khatib, Mayor of Arab Jerusalem.

  • 17 - 18 April, Algiers, Algeria / Meetings with officials at the Algerian Foreign Ministry and of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN).

  • 20-22 April: Tunis, Tunisia / Meetings with Mr. Mohamed Ben Slama, Deputy Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, and Mr. Taher Guiga, Asst. Director-General of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).

  • 14-16 May: Rome, Italy / Preparatory meetings for the International Symposion on the Concept of Monotheism in Islam and Christianity.

  • 16 - 18 July: Baghdad, Iraq / Preparatory meetings for the International Conference on the Principles of Non-alignment; with H.E. Tareq Aziz, Foreign Minister of Iraq, and H.E. Essmat Kittani, Deputy Foreign Minister.

  • 28 - 29 July: New York, USA / Meetings with H. E. Abi Farah, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political Affairs, and other United Nations officials; meeting with H.E. Al-Rashid, Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait.

  • 30 July - 6 August: Mexico City, Mexico / Meetings with H.E. Luis Echeverría, former President of Mexico, President of CEESTEM - Centro de Estudios Economicos y Sociales del Tercer Mundo (Centre for Economic and Social Studies of the Third World); H.E. Eduardo Navarrete, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Jorge Nuńo, Director-General of CEESTEM; and Mr. Juan Somavia, Executive Director and President of ILET - Instituto Latinoamericano de Estudios Transnacionales (Latin-American Institute of Transational Studies).

  • 14-18 August: Algiers, Algeria / Meetings with Prof. Nacer Eddine Ghozali (University of Algiers) and members of the Foreign Relations Committee of FLN.

  • 11 September: Vienna, Austria / Meeting with His Eminence Cardinal Franz König in connection with the symposion on Islam and Christianity in Rome.

  • 16-17 October: Rome, Italy / Preparatory meetings for the International Symposion on the Concept of Monotheism in Islam and Christianity; Vatican, Apostolic Palace: Monsignore Jean Jadot (President of the Secretariat for Non-Christians); Father Segur (Palazzo Pio).

  • 23 - 26 October: Paris, France, UNESCO headquarters / Meetings with UNESCO officials and heads of permanent missions in connection with the symposion on Islam and Christianity.

DECISIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The regular session of the Executive Board of the I.P.O. has taken place at Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva on 19 December 1981. The Board decided to create the Golden Honorary Medal of the I.P.O. on the occasion of the 10th founding anniversary of the organization in 1982.

The Executive Board appointed Professor Francis Dessart as permanent representative to the European Communities in Brussels; Prof. Aguste-Raynald Werner as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Geneva; Dr. Robert Thabit as permanent representative to the United Nations in New York; and Prof. Henry Cattan as permanent representative to Unesco in Paris.

The Executive Board has admitted new members from Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Germany (Federal Republic), Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia, and United States of America.